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Say Goodbye to Those Warts Once and For All

Say Goodbye to Those Warts Once and For All

Warts are a common skin infection that affects about 33% of children and teens and about 5% of adults in the United States.

If you’re bothered by the appearance of warts, you can find help at More MD. Our primary care specialists offer minimally invasive, in-office treatments to eliminate warts for good.

Why you have warts

Warts develop from a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. The contagious virus can enter your skin through small cuts or cracks and spread from person to person through physical contact.

The infection causes warts to form on your skin. These rough, skin bumps can develop anywhere on your body but are most common on your hands, feet, and face. Warts can be skin-colored or appear gray, black, or brown.

Sexual contact can also spread HPV and cause warts to form on your genitals and rectum.

When to schedule an evaluation for warts

You should schedule an evaluation with our providers at More MD if you’re embarrassed by noticeable warts on your face or other visible areas of your skin.

You should also speak with our providers if you have warts that are painful or bleed, or if warts on your feet or toes interfere with your mobility.

Typically, we diagnose warts during a physical exam of your skin. You might also need a biopsy, a procedure to remove a sample of your skin to test it for HPV.

Some warts can go away on their own without treatment because your immune system can fight off the virus. However, warts can also spread to other parts of your body and to other people.

Treatment options for warts

While there are over-the-counter wart removal medications that can dissolve warts, you may not be able to achieve the same results that we offer. Treating multiple warts can be difficult using home methods and self-treated warts may come back again.

At More MD, we offer cryotherapy, a procedure that uses freezing technology to destroy wart tissue for good. Our providers apply a precise amount of liquid nitrogen to the treatment areas, which causes a blister to form. As your skin heals, both the blister and wart will fall off.

Although you may need more than one cryotherapy treatment to achieve your desired results, our team ensures that your skin is protected from unnecessary damage and that all treated warts are gone for good.

Wart prevention tips

There is no foolproof way to prevent warts, but you can take precautions to lower your risk for an HPV infection.

If you have existing warts, try not to touch or remove them yourself. It’s also important that you don’t shave over them to prevent spreading the virus to other areas of your skin. If someone you know has a wart, don’t touch it and never share nail clippers, makeup, or other personal items.

You should always keep your feet clean and dry. When you’re at a public pool or shower room, always wear shoes to prevent an infection.

To prevent the spread of HPV through sexual contact, be sure to wear a condom each time you have sex. There’s also an HPV vaccine available for those 11 to 26 years old to prevent complications from the virus.

If you’re ready to get rid of unsightly or painful warts, call the More MD office near you to schedule a skin evaluation or book an appointment online today. 

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